Poet Amaresh Patnaik was born on 24th May 1948 to Late Ananta Patnaik (a poet) & Neerada Prava Patnaik. He is survived by his wife Sangeeta and two daughters. After completion of his Post Graduation in Humanities and Journalism from Utkal University, he did LLB also. In 1973, he swung into Editorship as his first assignment in “Soviet Desh” in Calcutta till 1992 and after assuming such responsibilities in different magazines, in 1993 took up as Exe. Editor – “SAMAYA”.
He also shouldered the responsibility of being the Exe. Member of Jury, International Film Festival, Eastern Regional Selection Panel (1979-80), Exe. President Juba Lekhaka Sammilani (1994), Outside Expert Selection Panel, Sponsor Program of Doordarshan (2003 onwards), Outside Expert Akashwani Award Selection Panel, (2007 onwards), Member General Council Sahitya Akademy, 2018 onwards, Member, Odia Advisory Board Sahitya Akademy, 2018.
Many poetries, novels and translations are credited to him. To name a few:
Poetry – Manaru Manaku, Manisha Angule, Abudhha Garuda, Ghata Ghatantara….
Novels – Aarata Abirata, Balaya Dhaara ra Manisha…….
Translations – (Bengali Novel) Tista Tatara Brittanta, Compiled and edited by Ananta Patnaik Rachana Samagra, Vol-I, II, III, IV & V, Dyodhi Par Aadmi – Hindi version of Odia Poems……..
He has also penned scripts for two Odia movies: Megha Mukti, 1980 and Maha Shiva Ratri, 1982
Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation – 2000
Odisha Sahitya Akademi for Poetry – 2005
Dharitri Award – 1993
Chayachitra Award – 1980
Swabhabakabi Samman by Utkala Sahitya Kala Parishada – 2007
Think Odisha Leadership Award for Literature 2015 for Times of India & Tefla and many other awards.